Yukio Edano, head of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, has denied the idea of strengthening its cooperation with the Japanese Communist Party in national elections.
In the next House of Councillors election in 2019, the CDPJ will cooperate with the JCP in the same way as in the Oct. 22 House of Representatives election, Edano said in an interview on Wednesday.
Edano’s party, launched by defectors from the Democratic Party just before the Lower House poll, adjusted candidates with other opposition parties including the JCP in some single-seat constituencies in the general election, so that only one opposition candidate would stand in each district. In the 2016 Upper House election, opposition parties unified candidates in all single-seat districts.
“It’s impossible for us to go beyond this,” Edano said.
Even though the measures “have paid off to some extent,” the CDPJ will not step up its cooperation with the JCP, he said, denying the idea of giving recommendations and assistance to each other’s candidates.